Glaucoma — that curse of age — can steal your sight, one of your most precious senses. The good news it that there are nutrients that can help you avoid that dreaded disease.
I found the basic three eye vitamins are A, C, and E. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the other nutrients that help. There are plenty of cheap “eye vitamins” out there that contain synthetic versions of these, but aren’t worth the bother. Synthetic vitamins are made from petroleum byproducts and coal tar. Interesting that in our society we try to run our cars on vegetables and our bodies on petroleum! They will do more harm than good, so look for a reputable source of natural, food-based vitamins.
Our food supply is depleted in vitamins, but you can still get them if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Watercress is a green that has all the eye nutrients in abundance. Vitamin C winners are oranges, strawberries, broccoli and cantaloupe. You can get Vitamin A from carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe again, and papaya. Eggs, nuts, and avocados can supply your vitamin E.
The lutein and zeaxanthin come from dark leafy vegetables, pumpkin, green beans, green peppers, and cucumbers. I found that yellow and orange sweet peppers are known to have lots of these nutrients and have developed a taste for them, although I never ate them much before.
Omega 3s also help in the battle against glaucoma. A high quality supplement is one of the best ways to go for that, although you can get them from fish and from nuts.
Stay tuned for more ways to naturally protect your vision. Some of the things I found may surprise you!
Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown